More advanced features include GPS navigation, a voice recorder, voice command support, USB mass storage mode, and stereo Bluetooth. You can also get mobile e-mail via U.S. Cellular's EasyEdge service. It is compatible with most Web e-mail services like Hotmail, Gmail, and Yahoo, plus any provider with POP or IMAP. The EasyEdge portal also gives you access to the app store and City ID, an enhanced caller ID that displays city and state information of incoming calls.
The browser was quite easy to use. You can zoom in and out of pages with either the volume rocker or an onscreen slider. Though it's not as smooth as the multitouch pinch method, it's certainly a lot easier than tapping on a magnifying glass icon. We did encounter some hiccups when scrolling through long Web pages, though; it sometimes scrolls the page in skips and starts rather than one smooth continuous motion. This was especially when there were a lot of images, so this might be a performance issue (see Performance section).
The LG Bliss has quite a nice music player. The interface is clean, simple, and intuitive. The player organizes songs into albums, artists, and genres. You can create and edit playlists on the fly, and set the music on repeat or shuffle. The player interface is quite typical, with the album art in the middle and the player controls along the bottom. To add songs to the music player, you'll have to transfer them via USB or to a microSD card. The Bliss supports MP3, WMA, AAC, and AAC+ file formats. You can send the music player to the background while you're multitasking in other parts of the phone.
The 2-megapixel camera on the Bliss can take pictures in four resolutions, three quality settings, five white balance presets, and five color effects. Other settings include multishot mode, fun frames, a self-timer, a night mode, and three shutter sounds, plus a silent option. Photo quality was not bad. Images looked sharp, but colors were muted and seemed a bit overcast. The video recorder can record videos in two resolutions (320x240 and 176x144) in two lengths: a short one for MMS, and a longer one for saving. You can also mute the audio if you want. It has white balance, color effects, and quality settings similar to the still camera. The Bliss can support up to 16GB of additional storage in the form of a microSD card in case you like to take lots of pictures.
You can personalize the LG Bliss with a variety of wallpaper, alert tones, and more. If you want, you can download more from U.S. Cellular's EasyEdge store. The same goes if you want to download more games. The Bliss comes with three: Dart, Homerun Derby, and Pac-Man.
We tested the LG Bliss in San Francisco with U.S. Cellular on a roaming service. Call quality was impressive overall. On our end, we heard our callers loud and clear with nary a blip of static. There was a bit of background buzz, but nothing distracting.
On their end, callers reported similar call quality. They said volume was good and our voice sounded clean and natural. When we turned on the speakerphone, callers said voice quality was noticeably harsher and not quite as natural, but it wasn't a big deal. For us, they sounded rather tinny and distant due to the phone's small speakers, but that's to be expected with most speakerphones.
The phone's speakers didn't do justice for audio playback either. Music sounded rather flat and there wasn't much bass at all. We would certainly recommend using a headset to enhance your audio listening experience.
We weren't able to get full EV-DO in our area, but we did get at least 1xRTT speeds. It certainly isn't as fast as we would like, but it was serviceable most of the time. Loading a full Web page like CNET's front page took around 42 seconds, for example. As we said above, scrolling and navigating around a Web page isn't as smooth as we would like, probably due to the slower speeds.
The LG Bliss has a rated battery life of 4 hours and 30 minutes talk time and 13 days standby time. The Bliss has a tested talk time of 5 hours and 53 minutes. According to the FCC, the Bliss has a digital SAR rating of 1.21 watts per kilogram.